Somatic Senses

Home Up Touch and Pressure Pain and Temperature Muscle Senses

    Somatic senses are those senses we feel with our bodies... they include sensations of touch and pressure, pain and temperature, and our muscle senses (proprioception).  If you feel someone touch your arm or face, that is a somatic sensation.  Vision, audition, olfaction, gustation, and balance are not somatic senses; they are special senses, and we will finish them in unit 16.

    We have already discussed somatic senses in bits and pieces earlier last semester, and a bit in lab, and a bit on the sensory receptors page in this unit.  Now it is time to fine-tune our knowledge, and gain more information on pain and proprioception, especially.

2011 STCC Foundation Press
written by Dawn A. Tamarkin, Ph.D.